Keith Schembri’s statements to the police presented in court

FILE PHOTO: Keith Schembri, Chief of Staff in the office of Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, arrives for a joint news conference between Muscat and President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Valletta, Malta, March 31, 2017. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File Photo

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The compilation of evidence against Yorgen Fenech, who is being accused of complicity in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia continued today.

13:22 Thank you for following this blog.
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13:19 Magistrate Montebello scheduled the next sitting for the 21st of October at 10 am.
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13:17 The press has been informed that today's court sitting is over.
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13:12 The press is still outside the courtroom. We ave been waiting for over 2 hours.
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11:40 We are still waiting outside the courtroom.
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11:22 Whilst we're waiting outside the courtroom, it seems that the documents to be presented by the AG Office have arrived, as well as the statements which will be presented by the Prosecution.
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10:58 Members of the public and the press were asked to leave the courtroom.
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10:55 The defence asks the court if they can continue with the cross-examination of inspector Arnaud.

Arnaud says that he can continue giving his testimony.

Magistrate Montebello says that if reference will be made to the individuals mentioned last week then Arnaud will have to give his testimony behind closed doors.
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10:51 The defence team said that it is unacceptable that 4 statements of 4 individuals were not presented when Inspector Arnaud knew he had to present them today.

Inspector Arnaud said that he can contact his colleague to bring the statements in a few minutes as he forgot to bring them with him today.

Magistrate Montebello accepted his request.
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10:46 Johann Cremona: 6 DVDs with six statements are presented.
Dr Adrian Vella: 4 DVDs with 3 statements are presented
Keith Schembri: 3 DVDs with 3 statements presented

Statements to be presented in the next sitting;

Edwin Brincat
Melvin Theuma
Kenneth Camilleri
Logan Wood
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10:45 Inspector Arnaud takes the witness stand to present the statements.
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10:43 Inspector Arnaud asked if it were possible for him to present these later.

Magistrate Montebello said that the court was expecting that the statements were to be presented today.

The defence team asked for a copy of these statements.
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10:41 Inspector Arnaud informed the court that he is presenting the statements of those who have already given their testimony but did not present the statements of Melvin Theuma and Logan Wood.
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10:36 Arnaud confirmed that even when the police went to Keith Schembri's home in Mellieha, a forensic expert appointed by the Magistrate, seized his items relevant for the investigation.
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10:35 Inspector Arnaud said that the receipts are not available as the items were not detained by the police but by the experts.
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10:30 Defence Lawyer Charles Mercieca said how is it possible that the prosecution does not have in hand these receipts.

Magistrate Montebello said that the receipts are in hands of investigators and a Magisterial Inquiry is underway.

Magistrate Montebello warned Dr Mercieca to stop using this court to make certain statements so that the media could report them.
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10:26 He continued saying that items from Logan Wood, Edwin Brincat and Keith Schembri and Melvin Theuma are being investigated and therefore the receipts are part of the inquiry underway.
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10:23 Police Inspector Keith Arnaud said that the Police did not seize items from all the individuals who were being or still are being investigated and therefore there are no receipts to be presented.

Arnaud mentioned Johann Cremona, Lawrence Cutajar, Dr Adrian Vella and Kenneth Camilleri.
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10:19 Deputy AG Dr Philip Galea Farrugia informed the court that this morning the Office of the AG has signed a number of documents to be presented to court today.

Dr Galea Farrugia said that he is not sure if these documents have arrived as there are a number of box files and 2 large boxes.
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10:16 Magistrate Montebello mentioned how the court has, on Friday, dismissed a request made by the defence of Yorgen Fenech for the geolocation and call profile data of 13 individuals.

It deemed the request as unjustified and disproportionate.

The request was opposed by the Attorney General and two of the persons named.

Magistrate Montebello said that the relevance of the data requested was unclear: there was no indication that most were in any way connected to the case or somehow implicated in the assassination of Caruana Galizia.
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10:15 Around 30 people are inside this courtroom.
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10:12 Magistrate Montebello said that the court was informed long ago to allocate a bigger courtroom. She said that the fact that today's sitting was scheduled in this courtroom is unacceptable especially since social distancing cannot be observed.
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10:11 Magistrate Rachel Montebello has just entered the courtroom.
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10:10 Members of Yorgen Fenech's family are seated behind him and they are now exchanging a few words.
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10:06 5 security officers from the Corradino Correctional Facility, CCF are also inside.
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10:05 The accused has just entered the courtroom.
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10:03 Courtroom no 2 is quite small and not all members of the press found seating.
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10:03 Lawyer Jason Azzopardi who is appearing on behalf of the Caruana Galizia family is also present.
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10:02 Yorgen Fenech's defence team and prosecution are present inside the courtroom.
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09:58 We are live from courtroom number 2.
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09:57 Good morning and welcome to this live blog.
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Highlights from the last court sitting;

  • The defence team wants the AG to present in court the report on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. It is also asking when was this inquiry concluded
  • Dr Mercieca said that if his client is not granted the right to present the evidence he will ask to declare the compilation of evidence as null
  • Police Inspector Keith Arnaud is against this as it is concerned about the safety of state witness Melvin Theuma